OEA PROGRAM OF THE YEAR
The Alice Sloan Expedition
Delivered by Outdoor Education Foundation (charitable arm of The Outdoor Education Group)
Alice Sloan tragically lost her life when a tree fell on her tent during an outdoor education program in 2005. Alice was 16 years old and had a love for the outdoors, sport, and the arts. Her family courageously decided to establish the Alice Sloan Trust with the aim of supporting young women who otherwise may not have the opportunity to participate in activities that Alice loved.
Along with partners, The Outdoor Education Group and The Alexandra Secondary College, the Alice Sloan Expedition was designed. Now in its 16th year, close to 150 young women from regional Victoria have participated in the 10-day outdoor education expedition (and optional two-year leadership program) where they themselves live, on Taungurung land ((Alexandra/ Eildon area).
The program aims to support the young women to develop leadership skills, increase empowerment, and build community. Victoria University recently conducted an evaluation of the program, which included long-term impacts, and found that participation led to perceptions of enhanced empowerment and leadership, and a sense of community, all of which contributed positively to personal outcomes.